Pep squad performs at first junior varsity game

Pep squad, a group of cheerleaders from both varsity and junior varsity (JV) levels, performed at the first JV football game of the season Thursday, Sept. 2, after practicing since the early summer. 

The cheerleaders, clad in yellow bows, shells (a sleeveless top) and skirts, performed a variety of cheers and stunts, all of which are coordinated to different plays on the football field. 

“It’s my first football game, and I’m so happy to spend it with my [teammates]” JV cheerleader freshman Destiny Estrada said. “No matter if we win or lose, at least we still had a fun time and we’re all together. We’re all one school so it’s like a big family.”

Out of all the cheers prepared, one of the more difficult moves in the field show was a stunt in which three cheerleaders form a base with their hands that one of their teammates stand on to be lifted in the air. 

“It’s something that no other sport can do,” JV cheerleader sophomore Isabella Flores said. “With normal sports like football, they just throw a football around, but we are actually throwing people. It’s a cool way to show school spirit.”

In order to prepare for in-person performances, the cheerleaders have rehearsed their routines every sixth period since the beginning of school with extended rehearsals on Tuesdays until 4:30 p.m. They also had to pass a test in which they performed all the cheers they learned with a maximum of five errors to be allowed to perform at the game. 

“I feel like it was easy for me to learn cheers because I’ve already learned them last year, so I just had to go over some things,” Flores said. “I felt for the new girls though because I know it’s a struggle. In my first year, I was really stressed because cheers are all about remembering things and I’m not the best at that. I think it just takes a lot of practice.”

Pep squad will perform again at a varsity football game Friday, Sept. 10. 

“My job is to cheer for the football team even when they don’t get a touch down and be supportive even if we lose. I feel like a cheerleader is a role model as part of a sports team that represents the school,” Estrada said. “I’m looking forward to enjoying [my time] as a cheerleader.”

By Cathy Li, Feature editor

Photo by Sofia Majeed